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MBB: Warrior White Out as Merrimack Hosts New Haven in NE10 Opening Round Friday (7 p.m.)

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Playing in the program’s first home postseason game in seven years, the Merrimack College men’s basketball team – the fourth seed out of the Northeast Division – will host fifth-seeded New Haven on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship from Hammel Court. The contest will be celebrated as a Warrior white out, with the first 250 students at Hammel receiving a free white t-shirt.

The Basics
Date/Time:
2/24 | 7 p.m.
Records: NE #4 Merrimack (18-10)
| SW #5 New Haven (14-13)
Location:
 North Andover, Mass. | Hammel Court

Student Promotions:
GIVEAWAY: The first 250 students to arrive at Hammel will receive a white t-shirt to white out Hammel Court against the Chargers!
UW: Tomorrow’s playoff game will also be an Ultimate Warrior event. Check-in at Hammel to receive points towards our year-end prizes!

NE10 Championship Schedule
First Round ­// Friday, Feb. 24
Game 1:  New Haven (#5 seed SW) at Merrimack (#4 seed NE) – 7:00 PM

Game 2:  Bentley (#5 seed NE) at Adelphi (#4 seed SW) – 7:00 PM 

Quarterfinals ­// Sunday, Feb. 26
Game 3:  Game 1 winner at Le Moyne (No. 1 seed SW) – 3:00 PM
Game 4:  Game 2 winner at Southern New Hampshire (No. 1 seed NE) – 3:00 PM
Game 5:  Franklin Pierce (No. 3 seed NE) at Saint Rose (No. 2 seed SW) – 3:00 PM
Game 6:  Southern Connecticut (No. 3 seed SW) at Saint Anselm (No. 2 seed NE) – 3:00 PM

Semifinals ­// Wednesday, March 1
(at highest seeds remaining)
Game 7: Game 6 winner vs. Game 3 winner (7:00 PM)
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 4 winner (7:00 PM)

Championship //­ Saturday, March 4
(at highest seeds remaining)
Game 9:  Game 8 winner vs. Game 7 winner (1:00 PM)

Last Time Out:

  • Merrimack suffered an 86-84 loss to Bentley University on Tuesday night on a last-second 3-pointer that banked in out of the hand of sophomore guard Ryan Richmond. Graduate forward Anthony Barry (Uxbridge, Mass.) had put Merrimack ahead on a tip-in with 10 seconds left, before Richmond hit the game-winner with 1.8 remaining
  • Barry and senior Riley Calzonetti (Neptune, City, N.J.) were honored before the game as part of the Senior Night festivities. They both started together in the contest that followed, doing so for the first time as a duo in their careers
  • Redshirt-junior Tawayne Anderson Jr. (Garden City, N.Y.) registered the best performance of his career by setting career highs in points (19), field goals (7), rebounds (7), and hit his first 3-pointer of the season with five minutes left to pull the Warriors within three, 75-72
  • Merrimack’s all-conference performers Juvaris Hayes (Paterson, N.J.) and sophomore Ryan Boulter (Mansfield, Mass.) each registered strong performances. Hayes – the recently anointed NE10 Rookie of the Year – fell one rebound shy of his second triple-double of season, while Boulter led all scorers with 21 points. Hayes earned an all-league second team nod while Boulter landed on the third team

NE10 Championship History

  • Merrimack returns to the postseason under first-year head coach Joe Gallo. It marks the program’s first conference tournament appearance since the 2014-15 season, a year that saw Merrimack advance to the quarterfinals
  • The Warriors own a 20-25 all-time record in the NE10 Championship, reaching the finals on five occasions while winning a pair of NE10 titles
  • In the Navy and Gold’s last postseason berth, Merrimack travelled to New Haven in the inverse of this year’s scenario. The Warriors left West Haven, Conn. with a 79-63 win. Junior Kyle Howes (Maynard, Mass.) is the lone student-athlete remaining on the team to have played in that game

Earlier This Season vs. New Haven:

  • The Warriors held on for a 68-65 win at home against New Haven last month. Merrimack came back from a 11-point halftime deficit, holding the Chargers to 23 points in the second half. Boulter hit a layup with 57 seconds left to pull out the win
  • Barry led all scorers with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go along with eight rebounds. Hayes posted a 13-point, 10-assist and eight-rebound effort over 37 minutes
  • New Haven’s 3-point shooting staked the Chargers to a 42-31 first-half lead, hitting 9-of-19 from distance, but the visitors missed all nine of their attempts from distance in the second stanza

The Chargers:

  • New Haven lost four of its final six games to end the season, finishing the season with a 9-11 conference record and 14-13 overall
  • Kessly Felizor marked the program’s lone all-league representative. The freshman earned an All-Rookie Team honor following averages of 9.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game
  • Danny Upchurch led four Chargers in double figures with 13.3 points per game, shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc with a team-high 5.6 assists per game
  • Elijah Bailey leads the team with a 41.9 percentage from distance, making 26 3-pointers over 23 appearances

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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